Best October Half Term Family Holidays in the UK 2018

children at science museum London

I’m guessing you’ve arrived on this article because you have been searching for the best places to go for  October half term holidays.  You’ll be pleased to hear then that there are some great options for your half term family break. Do not let the weather being a touch on the colder side in the UK put you off having fun, as there are lots of ways to embrace the changing season.

In my opinion you can have lots of fun during autumn in the UK because we like to celebrate.  With Halloween and Bonfire night both featuring in the calendar around Oct half term it’s a great time to go on holiday with the kids.

I’m going to share with you some UK holidays we have reviewed over the years and some October half term breaks we found online that we would like to try.  I hope you find the perfect half term holiday for you and your little ones right here:

October Half Term Holidays UK Ideas

Halloween at Butlins

Butlins know how to celebrate the holidays and provide jam packed programs for kids to enjoy no matter what the season.  We were blown away by all the things there were for kids to do when we visited Butlins.  Our biggest challenge was keeping up with Brook and Indie who wanted to pack as much into their day as possible.

West Lakes Village Butlins

With the promise of pumpkin carving, trick or treat trails and Halloween discos at Butlins for October half term, your little ones will have the most magical experience.  When they have completely worn themselves out, you can all enjoy a relaxing evening in a luxurious chalet at the West Lake Village and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  For more information visit

October Half Term Breaks at Bluestone Wales

Another favourite UK family holiday of ours is visiting Bluestone Wales in Pembrokeshire.  They will be celebrating Halloween this year with a very special Bwbach Festival which is not to be missed.  As well as the fantastic Blue Lagoon Waterpark and indoor Adventure Centre providing families with plenty of active fun, there will be spooky crafts, light shows and the popular Great Bwbach race!  If you want to find out what that is, book yourself a stay at one of Bluestone Wales spacious luxury lodges and find out!   If you would like to read our Bluestone holiday reviews, you’ll find them here and here.

view at Bluestone

Enjoy The Changing Season with Forest Holidays

If you and your family are nature lovers, enjoy a cosy log cabin together in some of the UK’s best beauty spots with Forest Holidays.  Their Forest Rangers are on hand to help you and your family explore the glorious colours the season has to offer with nature inspired ghost walks and traditional pumpkin carving. With nine locations across the country to choose from including Sherwood Forst in Nottinghamshire and Deerpark in Cornwall you’ll soon be embracing the darker evenings in peaceful surroundings with this perfect get away from it all break with the family.

Fun Packed Short Breaks at Drayton Manor Park

Drayton Manor Halloween

If having fun with your little ones is the name of the game, then one of the best places to go for October half term is Drayton Manor Park and the Drayton Manor Hotel.  Described as ‘more treat than trick’ it’s the perfect short break for younger children being home to Europe’s only Thomas Land and also Drayton Manor Zoo.  With lots of Halloween inspired fun planned between 20th October and 2nd November and a 4* hotel to relax in at the end of a busy day this is a treat not to be missed.  Check out their October half term breaks now.

Halloween Farm Stay

If your little ones love tractors and animals why not consider a farm stay as one of your October half term holiday ideas.  We loved our stay at The Olde House in Cornwall but there are plenty to choose from across the length and breadth of the country with a variety of accommodation to choose from as well.  You can see what’s on offer at Farm Stay UK or search farm stays near me on google for some more inspiration.

Edinburgh City Break

Edinburgh is a fantastic city to explore as a family, with already a lot to offer before you start looking at the halloween celebrations they have planned in the city.  With lots of family friendly hotels located in the city and domestic flights available from many UK airports it can make for a stress free family experience without even leaving the country.  A visit to Edinburgh is perfect for little explorers and history buffs as it’s a city with lots of tales to tell.  For some ideas and inspiration check out my 2 day itinerary for visiting the city which contains lots of family friendly activities.

Treat Yourself To a Hot Tub

derbyshire hot tub lodge breaks inside cabin

The air might be getting a little crisp but there’s no reason why you can’t treat yourself to a little luxury with a hot tub break at Darwin Forest in Derbyshire.  This resort has lots of family friendly facilities including an indoor swimming pool, soft play and outdoor play areas for the kids.  The log cabins are the perfect retreat for families who enjoy the outdoors and some are pet friendly if you want to take your dog on holiday too.

Visit London

children at science museum London

The October half term holidays is the perfect time to visit London with the family to make the most of the city’s many family friendly attractions.  If you are keen to explore the famous museums including the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum then the Royal Garden Hotel is the perfect family friendly hotel situated right next door to Kensington Palace.  With so many places to visit you’ll be spoilt for choice between the likes of the iconic Tower Bridge or seeing a West End show.

I hope you enjoyed our UK October half term holiday ideas and you are feeling ready to book your next trip.  If you feel we missed out your favourite October half term family holiday please do let us know where you would recommend in the comments below.

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Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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18 Discussion to this post

  1. hannah says:

    Butlins looks like a good choice. I’d like to see Edinburgh

  2. Kate says:

    Great ideas here! I love the idea of a Farm Stay. That would be such fun for all. Science Museum is also always a massive hit.

  3. Alex Gladwin says:

    This got me so excited for Halloween! We have been at Butlins for Halloween before and loved it. We also love Bluestone! x

  4. Oh wow so many great choices. Halloween at Butlins sound great I must research the prices for that.

  5. The London Mum says:

    Great ideas! I love the sound of a Darwin Escape with a hot tub 😉

  6. What a great holiday you had right there! I hope to experience it when I travel to the UK soon.

  7. These are some great ideas, sadly I’ll be doing my half term on a budget.

  8. Laura says:

    This is such an ace list and we loved our Edinburgh weekend earlier this year and London is always a good idea!!

    Laura x

  9. Katy Stern says:

    So many great ideas!! we are just wondering what to do over half term – London is always great although I love Edinburgh!!

  10. Oh we loved Butlins – such a brilliant place. Bluestone is a firm favourite too. Kaz

  11. SUSANNA says:

    I’ve been to Forest Holidays in Scotland for Halloween and they really made an effort to do some fun activities.
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  12. Leona says:

    I’m desperate to visit bluestone
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  13. Bryanna skye says:

    so many options! I love how there is something available for everyone no matter the interest 🙂

  14. Erin Ek Rush says:

    Some really nice ideas! I’m totally with you on Darwin Forest.. we had such a great time there in January.

  15. Lorna Ledger says:

    Some lovely ideas, want to do them all, we are going to Matlock, can’t wait

  16. Ting says:

    I love all these ideas – although Edinburgh really appeals as I’ve yet to visit!

  17. Such fab recommendations! I’ve heard of most places but have never really thought of them as Autumn break destinations but with all the Halloweeny activities going on they’d be perfect. Love the idea of Edinburgh.

  18. Great suggestions! I would definitely recommend Forest Holidays at Sherwood! I didn’t visit with children but Sherwood Pines is just a few mins walk away with loads of play areas, Go Ape, bike rental, Forestry Commission visitors centre where you can hire Explorer packs as well as the activities you could do on the site.

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